Texas resident Terry Packer is probably the calmest man in the world. He was driving in the heavy rain near the Onion Creek area in Austin, Texas on Friday morning when his car got swept away in the flood. The car floated for about half a mile as it filled with water. Finally, Packer was able to escape through the window and climb a nearby tree. He recorded the entire float on his phone, though, and sent it to his wife, who sent it on to KVUE, a local news station. His reaction to all of this? Totally chill.
TV news is basically just 60% iPhone videos of disasters these days, so the anchors at KVUE obviously wanted to talk to Parker about the ordeal. They got Parker on air, and he explained how his car was taken by the flood waters. But partway through, he casually revealed to the news anchors that he was calling them from the tree, where he was still stuck. Instead of doing what any normal human would do and yelling, "Holy shit holy shit holy shit please save me!" Parker calmly explained that he was "about 20 feet up a tree" and that he was "fine." Really, his only complaint was that it was "a little cold"—and he then went on to explain that it's cool, though, because he has 20 years of Boy Scouts experience.
Here's the news video, which combines the floating car footage with the interview:
As of 2:43 pm Austin time, rescue workers were finally able to rescue Packer from the tree; he had been waiting up there for about four hours. And that, everyone, is why you always keep your phone battery charged.